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Way back in April, SuperHeroHype.com broke the news that the upcoming Logan movie would feature X-23. While everything we’ve seen since then has suggested as such, 20th Century Fox finally brings official confirmation today with a new Instagram post showing off actress Dafne Keen as Laura. Laura Kinney, as Marvel fans are well aware, is the name that X-23 later took.

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But who exactly is Mutant X-23. played by  Dafne Keen? First here’s  the trailer again:

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Logan Movie Who is Mutant X-23:

History:

logan-movie-who-is-mutant-x-23-4Laura Kinney is known as X-23 in the comics because she’s the 23rd attempt by an organization to create a clone of Wolverine. Perhaps Essex Corp is behind the program since they are teased at the end of X-Men: Apocalypse, even though the timeline doesn’t necessarily add up since this movie is said to take place after the epilogue of X-Men: Days of Future Past. While the program initially started out as an attempt to merely replicate the Weapon X program that resulted in the creation of Wolverine as we know him (with his adamantium skeleton and claws), they decided to just try to clone him instead. Laura is the first successful attempt.

Origin:

Using the only available genetic sample from Weapon X, which was damaged, they were unable to salvage the Y chromosome after twenty-two attempts. Kinney proposed they create a female clone, and though her request was initially denied, she still went ahead and produced a viable female subject, prompting Sutter to reconsider. Despite resistance from his protégé DoctorZander Rice, whom Sutter had raised after Rice’s father had been killed by a bestial Wolverine at the original Weapon X Project, Sutter allowed Kinney to proceed. As revenge for her insubordination, Rice forced Kinney to act as the surrogate mother for the clone, and she gave birth to “X-23”.

Powers:

As a clone of Wolverine, X-23 possesses most of his mutant powers.

Superhumanly Acute Senses: X-23 possesses superhumanly acute senses that are comparable to those of certain animals. She is capable of seeing at much greater distances, and with perfect clarity, than an ordinary human. She retains this same level of clarity in near-total darkness. Her sense of hearing is enhanced in a similar manner, allowing her to both hear sounds that ordinary human’s can’t and to hear sounds that ordinary humans can, but at much greater distances. X-23 is able to use her highly developed sense of smell to track targets by scent with an impressive degree of success, even if the scent has been eroded by natural factors, such as the weather.
Bone Claws: X-23’s skeleton includes two retractable bone claws in each arm and one in each foot that she can extend and retract at will. These claws are housed beneath the skin and muscle. Unsheathing them causes her skin to tear and bleed, but the wounds are quickly dealt with by her healing factor. X-23 can unsheathe any number of these claws at once, although she must keep her wrists and/or feet straight at the moment the claws emerge. The claws are naturally sharp and tougher than normal human bone, allowing X-23 to cut through most types of flesh and natural materials. [citation needed]

Uni-Power: Laura has been occasionally seen wielding the powers of Captain Universe, and has the mark on her hand.

logan-movie-who-is-mutant-x-23-6Regenerative Healing Factor: Like Wolverine, X-23’s primary mutant power is an accelerated healing factor that enables her to regenerate damaged or destroyed tissue with far greater speed and efficiency than an ordinary human. She is capable of fully healing injuries resulting in massive tissue damage and blood loss such as multiple bullet wounds, slash wounds, and puncture wounds within a matter of minutes. Her healing factor is developed to such a degree, she is capable of reattaching severed limbs, such as a hand. She has also proven capable of regrowing an entire arm on her own (Elixir was incapacitated at the time). Her healing factor may fluctuate with her psychological state as battle wounds tend to heal very quickly, but her self inflicted cuts appear to remain visible for some time.

Superhuman Stamina: X-23’s muscles produce considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the muscles of an ordinary human. She can exert herself at peak capacity for about 24 hours before fatigue begins to impair her.\

Superhuman Agility: X-23’s agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of even the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Reflexes: X-23’s reflexes are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. In at least one case she reacts to and slices in half with her claws a bullet fired at her face from nearly point-blank range.
Superhuman Durability: She was capable of fighting the Hulk without sustaining any severe injuries[10] and surviving energy blasts from Nimrod (even if she required healing and nearly died).[2]
Longevity: Presumably, because X-23 is a clone of the mutant Wolverine, her healing factor will also provide her with an extended lifespan by slowing the effects of the aging process.[citation needed]

 

Characters Killed by X-23:

We’re gonna leave this as one image displaying all the people she’s killed (that’s known to us). This may or may or contain spoilers for the Logan movie:

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No doubt X-23 is an attempt to continue the Wolverine franchise without Wolverine, this was the attempt of the comics as well. Will it work? Can we expect a X-23 Solo movie later?

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